Francesca Giovannini was the Program Director for Global Security and International Affairs at the American Academy. In this role, she oversaw the projects within the Global Security and International Affairs portfolio. She is also an Associate to the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and an Affiliate to the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where she was previously a MacArthur Nuclear Postdoctoral Fellow.
She has taught undergraduate courses at University of California, Berkeley, and at Oxford University. Prior to completing her PhD at the University of Oxford, Francesca served as a Post-Conflict State-Building Consultant for the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Network program and the United Nations Regional Pacific Center, Suva – Fiji Islands, and as Resident Coordinator Analyst and Post-Conflict State-Building Specialist for the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Beirut, Lebanon. She also served in the Gaza Strip, Turkey and Ghana. She has written and presented on the emerging regional nuclear architectures in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe.